A traffic stop Friday led to the capture of two suspects linked to at least seven armed robberies in the Bulloch County area, including at least three Dollar General Stores.
Gregory Lavon Rock, 30, and Britany Nicole Oglesby, also 30, both of a Princess Lane address, remain behind bars without bond as the investigation continues, said Bulloch County Sheriff’s Capt. Todd Hutchens.
Early Friday morning, Corporal Morgan Jones stopped a vehicle on West Rushing Road near the Po Jo's Truck stop and convenient store at Highway 301 South and Interstate 16, he said.
Other deputies responded to assist Jones, and when they searched the vehicle, found “clothing, footwear (and) masks … that were known to have been used in the robberies.”
The suspects are believed to be responsible for the armed robberies of Dollar General Stores in Pulaski, on Akins Pond Road in Bulloch County; and Fair Road in Statesboro. Investigators are looking into connections to a similar armed robbery at the Brooklet Dollar General, he said.
Rock and Oglesby are also suspects on the armed robberies of Sunset Novelties on Fair Road and Buddy’s Truck Stop on Highway 301 South, he said.
The investigation continues as law enforcement from several agencies work together to solve a rash of armed robberies across the region, including other Dollar General Stores.
“Investigators have worked jointly with area law enforcement agencies, to include the Candler County Sheriff's Office and the Statesboro Police Department as it appeared the suspects were likely to be the same people: Hutchens said. “Deputies and investigators from both Bulloch and Candler County have been increasing patrol of the stores in their respective jurisdictions and were able to apprehend the suspects.”
Rock and Oglesby are currently charged with several counts of armed robbery, kidnapping, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. Further charges are pending.”not only from the Bulloch County Sheriff's Office, but from other agencies as well,” he said. However, “since the investigation is active, the number of criminal charges is unavailable at this time.“
Bulloch County Sheriff Noel Brown praised all agencies involved in the investigation, stating he would “like to acknowledge the many hours of work put in on these cases by investigators and deputies and to recognize the culmination of information sharing by several law enforcement agencies that have led to these arrests.”
Interagency communication is vital to successful investigation, he said.
"With open lines of communication between agencies and the will and desire to protect the citizens of our respective counties, these violent robberies have been solved without any harm or injury to law enforcement, citizens, or the suspects."
While the investigation continues, additional arrests may follow, Hutchens said,
Anyone with information about these incidents are asked to call the Criminal Investigation Division of the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office at (912) 764-8888.
Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.